Ritchie, Walter Potter

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Name
Ritchie, Walter Potter Gender: M
born on 27 March 1892 at 01:10 (= 01:10 AM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Bordoni
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 06°51' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 12°24'



Biography

Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 24 years old, and a drummer in the 2nd Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's), British Army during the First World War when he undertook a deed for which he was awarded the VC.

On 1 July 1916 north of Beaumont Hamel, France, Drummer Ritchie, on his own initiative, stood on the parapet of an enemy trench and, under heavy machine-gun fire and bomb attacks, repeatedly sounded the "Charge" thereby rallying many men of various units who, having lost their leaders were wavering and beginning to retire. He also, during the day, carried messages over fire-swept ground.

He died on 17 March 1965, aged 72, in Edinburgh.

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Events

Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni: source unknown.

Categories

  • Vocation : Military : Honors (Victoria Cross)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Drum-major)